Members of the Suffield High School Class of 2019.
Wearing blue and white caps and gowns, the 204 members of the Suffield High School Class of 2019 graduated on June 15. The ceremony began with a salute to the flag and the honoring of the members of the class who are entering the Armed Forces as American Sign Language Club member Jenna Salters signed the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. The national anthem was sung by the school’s Chamber Ensemble and signed by members of the ASL Club.
Class President Anna Casinghino told her fellow graduates that they control the choices they make, but that doesn’t mean they have to be alone, that friends and family can come along for the ride.
“Be responsible and make wise decisions, but don’t feel you have to grow up too fast,” she said.
Board of Education member John Richter, whose son Daniel is a member of the class of 2019, told the class that “the things you can’t measure count most,” including patience caring and acceptance.
He encouraged them to reach far as they start the next phase of their lives.
“The power and opportunity that each graduate has within them is limitless,” he said.Salutatorian Rabi Zulfiquar said while students are taught to see education as a series of goals, all goals must eventually lead to one that is an end in itself, “identifying that which is inherently valuable.”
“How can we find meaning in a world that seems to conceal it so effectively,” he asked, answering, “Live authentically …to follow any path that is not your own is to live inauthentically.”
Valedictorian Ziad Hassan said,”The future is fluid now .. This uncertainty may seem a bit unnerving.” However, he said, “Innovation is derived from our experiences with the unfamiliar,” and, “The most enjoyable journeys are the ones that surprise us.”
Principal James Blain told the graduates, “Your high school career was not meant to be smooth sailing,” it was meant to prepare you for the world.
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michelle Zawawi, whose daughter, Alyssa, is a member of the class of 2019, said while in school teachers and administrators set the standards for students, “It is now time for you to set your own expectations.”
“You are ready,” she said, “Congratulations and always remember, make good choices.”
Maddy Beringer, left, and Madison Zielinski at the Suffield High School graduation on June 15.
Jenna Salters during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Suffield High School graduation on June 15.
Abigail Bahl sings “Stop This Train” by John Mayer accompanied by Brandon Dyer on the guitar.